ERIC Number: ED252033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of a Multi-method Treatment Approach with Hyperactive Children.
Horn, Wade F.; And Others
The study investigated the potential additive effects of instruction in self-control strategies and behavioral parent training with 24 hyperactive children (7-11 years old) and their parents. It was hypothesized that the combination of treatments would provide maximum benefits by altering those contingencies in the home environment maintaining maladaptive behavior patterns while also helping the child develop specific adaptive behavioral skills and facilitating the development of internal attributions of causality regarding behavior change, making generalization and maintenance of treatment effects more likely. A randomized, experimental group design with repeated measures was employed comparing behavioral parent training alone, self-control instruction alone, and a combination. A multi-method strategy for assessing treatment outcome was employed, including child self-report measures, parent and teacher rating scales, and direct observations of each child's behavior in the classroom. Results failed to confirm the hypothesis of significant additive effects of the two treatments. Although all groups showed significant improvement over time, there was a greater decrease in problem behaviors reported by mothers of the self-control group alone, compared to the other two approaches. In addition, although there was significant maintenance of treatment effects at 1 month followup, there was no evidence for generalization of treatment effects to the classroom. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).